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Caplin Receives Multiple Honors

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Mortimer Caplin ’40 was recently honored for his contributions to the United States’ role in the liberation of France during World War II. Awarded by the President of the French Republic, the “Chevalier” of the Legion of Honor is one of France’s highest honors given as a testament to an individual’s outstanding accomplishments.

During the Normandy invasion, Caplin served as a U.S. Navy beachmaster and was a member of the initial landing force on Omaha Beach. For his service, he also received the Medal of the Jubilee of Liberty.

Caplin was also named a recipient of the University of Virginia’s 2009 Brennan Award. Established in 1987 in honor of Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., of the Supreme Court of the United States, honorees are selected based on their individual contributions to the Trail Advocacy Institute and the legal profession. “These awards reflect values I’ve always held dear such as an unwavering commitment to excellence and public service,” said Caplin.